A Salmonella outbreak in Minnesota has been linked to Chicken Kiev made by Barber Foods, a Portland, Maine establishment. The company issued a recall of about 58,320 pounds of frozen, raw stuffed chicken product was issued due to possible contamination with Salmonella Enteritidis, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
FSIS was notified of a cluster of Salmonella Enteritidis illnesses on June 24, 2015. Working in conjunction with Minnesota State Departments of Health and Agriculture, FSIS determined that there is a link between the Chicken Kiev product from Barber Foods and this illness cluster. Based on epidemiological evidence and traceback investigations, four case-patients have been identified in Minnesota with illness onset dates ranging from April 5, 2015 to June 8, 2015 that link to the specific Barber Foods product. FSIS continues to work with the Minnesota Departments of Health and Agriculture as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on this investigation.
Barber Foods produced the recalled products on January 29, 2015; February 20, 2015; and April 23, 2015. The following product is subject to recall:
- 2-lb. 4-oz. cardboard box containing 6 individually pouched pieces of “BARBER FOODS PREMIUM ENTREES BREADED-BONELESS RAW STUFFED CHICKEN BREASTS WITH RIB MEAT KIEV” with use by/sell by date of April 28, 2016, May 20, 2016 and July 21, 2016 and Lot Code number 0950292102, 0950512101, or 0951132202.
The product subject to recall bears the establishment number “P-276” inside the USDA mark of inspection. This product was shipped to Sam’s Club retail stores in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The product subject to recall has not been available for retail sales since June 26, 2015; however, FSIS suspects that consumers may have this item in their freezers.
The recalled chicken Kiev was labeled with instructions identifying that the product was raw and included cooking instructions for preparation. Some case-patients reported following the cooking instructions on the label and using a food thermometer to confirm that the recommended temperature was achieved. It is possible that Salmonella bacteria from the product contaminated a surface or utensil, which then caused the illness. This is called cross-contamination, and happens frequently with this pathogen.
If you or a loved one was sickened by the recalled Barber Foods Chicken Kiev product, you can call 612-338-0202 for a free consultation with a Salmonella lawyer at our Minneapolis, Minnesota, law firm.
Because this product is frozen and may still be in consumers’ freezers, this outbreak may grow in the states where it was shipped and sold: Illinois, Minneseota and Wisconsin. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection (salmonellosis) include severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and fever.